Everton has been one of the least talked about clubs this season considering that they are in the 5th spot in the EPL standings. One reason could be that they have not played a single high-profile match in the current. Most of the teams they have run into have been those in the bottom half of the table. After a well-fought draw against Tottenham in the season’s opener, it was four straight wins for them before running into a bad patch of late; a 0-1 loss to Bournemouth and a draw against Crystal Palace. Everton have no European commitments unlike their opponents of October 15th and they will have a week’s non-playing gap to prepare themselves for the big encounter against the Table toppers. Manager of 100 Everton games, Ronald Koeman, will once again depend on his ace striker, Romelu Lukaku, to get him goals at the Etihad. The dynamic Belgian striker, who has 5 out of Everton’s 11 Premier League goals will keep in mind Manchester City’s propensity to concede at least one goal in every match. Everton’s back line consisting of Seamus Coleman, club veterans Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg all have been on top of their game letting in the fewest goals (just 5), which is the second best for any EPL side this season.
This is something that is going to be severely tested by the likes of Sergio Aguero, Silva and Nolito, although The Toffees would surely try to cash in on the weariness of a number of these City players coming back from their international commitments.For the Citizens, the absence of De Bruyen and Sterling could be seen as a setback. But the midfield fluidity of Fernadinhio, Iheanacho and Jesus Navas on the wings could prove too much for a Everton used to dealing with minions so far. Despite their first Premier League defeat of 0-2 to Tottenham last week, one could expect City to bounce back at the Etihad on Saturday. The Citizens have got the better of Everton on 5 occasions from their previous ten encounters and lost just twice. The last five clashes between these two have been tighter though, with 2 wins for Manchester City and one for Everton and a couple of drawn of matches.Bookmakers have gone overwhelmingly in favor of the hosts.
Man City to win, Best Odds 1.5 @ Betfred
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